Health Hunger and Humanity grant disbursed |

Health Hunger and Humanity grant disbursed

NORTH TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Incline Rotary Club announced full implementation of its $300,000 Health Hunger and Humanity grant received from The Rotary Foundation in 2009. The grant for Rift Valley Eye Care in Kenya is dedicated to improve eye care, where it is estimated 6,000 people are blind from cataracts. This grant was originated by Tahoe Incline Rotary Club, who partnered with Tahoe City Rotary Club, Truckee Rotary Club, Rotary District 5190 and two other clubs who together raised $30,000 of the grant money.

The first stage of implementation was the purchase of specialized ophthalmic surgical equipment including operating microscopes and a four wheel drive (FWD) vehicle to reach remote areas of the Rift Valley. The surgical equipment was put to use in January 2010 for restoration of sight to people blinded by cataracts.

The second stage was the opening of a training program in February to teach primary eye care to nurses and physician assistants who will serve in the remote areas. The first three months of training are spent at St. Maryand#8217;s Rift Valley Mission Hospital to learn the basic science of eye care. In the last three months students work on the development of eye care in remote areas.

The final stage of sending the 4WD vehicle to visit the remote sites with a full medical eye team to evaluate patients has been implemented. The cataract surgeon and a full medical support team is now making visits.

Restoring sight to patients blinded by cataracts also began in January at St. Maryand#8217;s Rift Valley Mission Hospital. Cataract surgery is available to patients for only $40.

Call Dr. Wend Schaefer at (775) 833-2145 for further information.

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